Sept. 17, 2006
WAYZATA, Minn. - Casey Clendenon and Dawie Van Der Walt tied for 11th place, leading the Lamar University men's golf team to a fifth place finish following Sunday's final round at the Gopher Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota at Spring Hill Golf Club (Par-72, 7,020-yards).
Lamar, who entered Sunday's final round in sixth place, shot a final round 303 for a 54-hole total of 902 and moved up one spot to finish in fifth place in the 12-team field. Stanford won the team title with an 889 total, followed by host Minnesota (894) and SMU (896) to round out the top three.
"The conditions weren't great today and the course played tough, but we did a lot of things you would normally not see us do on the golf course today," said first-year coach Brian White. "We threw a lot of shots away today by not playing smart golf. That's something we will have to improve upon because we have a very challenging schedule this fall."
Clendenon, a native of Katy, tuned in a final round 5-over par 77 to tie for 11th place with a 54-hole score of 225. He made an eagle three on the par-5 16th hole, but his round also included seven bogeys, the final two coming on 17 and 18.
A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Van Der Walt slipped to a 7-over 79 on Sunday to fall from sixth place a tie for 11th with a 54-hole total of 225. His round included three birdies, two bogeys and four double-bogeys.
Colt Knost of SMU and Zach Miller of Stanford shared medalist honors at 2-under 214, followed by Minnesota's Bronson LaCassie who was one-shot back at 1-under 213. Miller closed with a final round of even-par 72 to catch Knost, who shot a final round 4-over 76.
Justin Harding, a sophomore from Cape Town, South Africa, closed with a final round 3-over 75 to tie for 23rd place at 228. Like Clendenon, he also made eagle three on the 16th hole and had four birdies, five bogeys and two double-bogeys.
A sophomore from Stellenbosch, South Africa, Oliver Bekker
also closed with a final round 3-over 75 and tied for 26th place at 229. He made two birdies and two double-bogeys on his round.
Dusty Smith, a senior from The Woodlands, shot a final round 4-over 76 to tie for 36th place at 233. After making the turn at 1-under 35, he shot a 5-over 41 on the back-nine. His round included five birdies, five bogeys and two double-bogeys.
Lamar continues its fall schedule Oct. 2-4 at The Preview in Williamsburg, Va. This tournament features the Top 15 teams in the country and is being played at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, which is the site of this year's NCAA Championships.